Pictured from left are RM Blake, Ray Mitchum and Jaime Anderson.
Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful (KNB), an organization committed to recycling education, litter abatement and beautification in Nacogdoches County, recently appointed Jaime Anderson and RM Blake to the Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful Board of Directors.
Anderson is the co-owner and Vice President of Nacogdoches Architectural Restorations, LLC. She also operates property management, leasing and bookkeeping for Anderson Properties and Annacco, Inc., manages company owned commercial and residential properties, and assists in development projects. Anderson is currently the President of the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and a Heritage Festival Herald. Anderson was born and raised in Houston. She moved to Nacogdoches in 1996 to study Art at SFA, fell in love with the town, and never looked back. She considers herself a local after living in Nacogdoches for 21 years. "I'm very excited about this opportunity to help protect the beauty of the town I love so much," Anderson said of her appointment to the board of directors.
Blake is a producer and manager at Roy Blake Insurance Agency specializing in insurance sales and IT maintenance, and assists other agency producers. When asked about his job responsibilities, he has been known to say, "Whatever it takes." Blake was born and raised in Nacogdoches. He earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Stephen F. Austin State University. He started his insurance practice in Austin, TX before moving back to Nacogdoches. Blake is the Vice President of the W5NAC Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club and the Secretary of the DETARC Lufkin Amateur Radio Club, both of which service several events each year. "I want Nacogdoches to continue to be a beautiful place to live and I am willing to do 'whatever it takes' to help make that happen," Blake said of his appointment to the board of directors.
Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful is still accepting applications for board membership as three seats on the board will become available in January 2018. KNB seeks active leaders who demonstrate an interest in the goals of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, including recycling, litter abatement, beautification, and education. Ideal candidates will have past board experience and legal or financial experience. Additional areas of consideration include fundraising, grant writing, public relations, and nonprofit development.
"Board members should expect to commit 4 – 10 hours outside of monthly board meetings," Katie Blevins, KNB executive director, said. "We have a very active board which leads to a valuable experience for directors."
The KNB board of directors impacts change in the local community that also benefits the local environment. They provide litter abatement and beautification services that prevent spending by the city of Nacogdoches and offer a popular technology recycling program, estimated to collect over 7,000 lbs. of recyclables this year, that otherwise would not be available to the Nacogdoches community.
To learn more about KNB board membership and to find the application for KNB board membership, visit keepnacbeautiful.org/board. Specific inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.